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One of the key attractions in Sydney is 'The Rocks', described as the 'Birthplace of Australia', it is the location of Australia's first settlement.

Between the period 1788 and 1850 the English sent over 162,000 convicts to Australia in 806 ships. The first eleven of these ships are referred to as the 'First Fleet'.

The First Fleet left England on 13th May, 1787 with some 1,350 people. They arrived at Botany Bay, Australia between 18th and 20th January, 1788. However, this area was found to be unsuitable and the settlement moved north to Port Jackson on the 26th January, 1788, landing at a place called Camp Cove.

It is the area known as Sydney Cove, where the commander of the 'First Fleet' Captain Arthur Phillip in 1788 built their camp, atop the sandstone cliffs, claiming the land as the first European settlers from England.

The Rocks - SydneyVisitors to the area today, can explore the unique Australian history of a 19th century village enclosed by Sydney Cove, Campbells Cove and Walsh Bay.

Within the shadow of the southern end of Sydney's Harbour Bridge, there is easy access to the heart of Sydney, Circular Quay, the Opera House and the Sydney Botanic Gardens.

You can check out our full range of listed Sydney attractions and Sydney tours and charters.

In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre Sydney Visitor Centre The Rocks
Level 1, Cnr Argyle and Playfair Streets
Ph: 13 20 77
Ph: 02 9240 8788
Daily 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day
Opening hours may vary on some public holidays
Hours may vary, contact visitor centre

The Rocks Attractions - Sydney

The Rocks Events

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The Rocks Markets 
• The Rocks, SYDNEY NSW 2000 • Ph: 02 9240 8500
• 10 am - 5 pm Saturday and Sunday • Foodies Market - 10 am - 4 pm Friday
• What makes a great market? If it’s about passionate people selling things you want to buy in a pretty cool location then The Rocks Markets is one of Sydney’s greatest. You know The Rocks is on the doorstep of the CBD, but it’s slower here, and infinitely more charming. And, really, who wants to rush when there’s so much to take in.

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The Rocks Tours

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Ghost Tours - The Rocks
• Ph: +61 2 9241 1283 • Email
• Your journey awaits you if you dare... Are you ready? to experience Australia's premier ghost tour... see website for details on the range of tours, including Ghost Team Building, adult nightly tours, hens ghost tours, school excursion tours and more...
Sydney Learning Adventures
• The vision of Sydney Learning Adventures is to create quality educational experiences that are enriching, diverse, safe, accessible and sustainable. We are committed to bringing the history of Australia, New South Wales and Sydney to life for thousands of people each year.

We offer a range of programs for schools, international and interstate visitors and vacation care programs. Our education programs operate for primary, secondary and ESL students across a range of curriculum areas, with each program specifically designed and presented for its audience. Any of these programs can be adapted for international visitors and special interest groups. We offer programs for international students.

Sydney Learning Adventures links tours of The Rocks Discovery Museum. Discover the history of The Rocks from pre-European time to the present day through fun interactive displays and a unique collection of archaeological artefacts.

For details on our range of programs please visit the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority website.
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